Orlando downtown skyline over Lake Eola at night

One Day in Orlando Itinerary

Orlando is known as one of the best places in the nation to explore the best theme parks, which makes it a popular tourist destination. But if you only have 24 hours in Orlando, what should you do? Here are some ideas to help you decide on what to do with one day in Orlando!

Orlando is one of the most visited cities in the United States. It is known for its beautiful scenery, amazing theme parks, and its popular attractions. There are tons of things to do that will fit into everyone’s budget.

One Day In Orlando: Things to Do with the Whole Family

Let’s go over the best things to do around Orlando, even if you only have 24 hours to enjoy the area!

Orlando is a great place to visit if you are looking for family fun, or just want to get away for an extended weekend.

Orlando downtown skyline over Lake Eola at night

There are many theme parks around that include roller coasters, famous characters, and lots of other fun things to do. Each theme park can be a perfect day trip all on its own!

Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure

Whether or not you were ever a fan of Harry Potter or read the books, everyone can enjoy a day exploring the best places at Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Head to the The Hopping Pot to try the world famous Butterbeer Beer or try a draught beer like the Wizard’s Brew.

For a delicious meal (likely prepared by the house elves), head to the Leaky Cauldron or the Three Broomsticks. They serve break, lunch, and dinner.

Take a stroll through all the shops in Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. And take a picture in front of Platform 9 and 3/4!

And of course, check out all the magical rides! While you wait in line for the ride at Hogwarts, you get to walk through the entire castle. It’s most fun exploring at night. The ride is extremely family friendly because the young ones and an adult can step aside in an area where strollers are kept, while the older kids and adults can go on the actual ride.

Keep in mind that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is split into TWO separate parks: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. You can ride the Hogwarts Express to easily have access to both parks, but you need to purchase a 2-Park – 1-Day Ticket.

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Sea World Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando is a marine-life themed park in Orlando, Florida.  The park is home to many different species of animals, and they also have a water park named Aquatica which is located right next

Walt Disney World Florida

Out of all of the tourist destinations in Orlando, Disney World is probably the most famous and most visited every year.

Disney World Sign over a street

There are several theme parks here including the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.

Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is a theme park where you can play bottlenose dolphins, which is definitely a once in a lifetime experience!

In addition to that, you can get up close to some very exotic bird species.

Orlando Museum of Art

This museum is known for its amazing collections and exhibits that change many times throughout the year. It’s also known for its architecture. It’s the perfect option for history buffs!

Kennedy Space Center

Want to feel like you’re actually in space? Kennedy Space Center will make you feel like you’re on Mars! It’s the perfect place for people who love NASA and space travel.

Central Florida Zoo

Does your family love animals? The Central Florida Zoo is one of the best! There are over 350 animals at the zoo so you can certainly spend the whole day learning about the different animal species.

Gatorland

The Gatorland is a great place to spend a day! There are tons of alligators to see here. It’s very fun for the whole family!

One Day in Orlando: Free (or Affordable) Things to Do

Get a Cup of Coffee

Why not start your morning with a morning brew? There are lots of vibrant coffee shops in the Orlando area so be sure to check them out! Here are a few really popular ones in the area:

  • Austin’s Coffee
  • Craft & Common
  • Lineage Coffee

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Harry P Leu Gardens

This is a 50-acre botanical garden on Lake Rowena that has so many beautiful flowers and butterflies. If you’re looking a relaxing day visit, this garden is very low key.

Disney Springs

A fun place to shop or catch a movie! Head to Disney Springs if you’re in the mood for shopping. Enjoy some live shows and good food at Raglan Road, an Irish Pub. When you’re done, head to Splitsville for some bowling.

Disney’s Boardwalk

Nearby, you can also walk up and down Disney’s boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort. You can’t miss this area! Take a walk along the boardwalk and enjoy some live music, some shopping in the entertainment district.

Everglades National Park

You can drive up to the entrance of the park (which is free) and see alligators and birds! There are several hiking trails to explore

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Downtown Orlando

Orlando’s downtown is a fun place to walk around, especially if you are staying at one of the downtown hotels.

There are some great restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment in downtown Orlando. Take a walk around Lake Eola Park where you can see the beautiful city skylines.

Places to Eat

A great way to enjoy Orlando is to check out one of these fabulous restaurants.

Village Inn: Serving up breakfast, launch, and dinner, the whole family can enjoy a meal here. They’re serving up a lot of American homestyle classics!

Tijuana Flats: All the best meals that Tex-Mex has to offer.

Q’Kenan Restaurant: It has a casual atmosphere and is the perfect place to come for a quick, delicious meal like arepas and empanadas.

NYPD Pizza Lake Cay: If you love authentic New York Style pizza, then check out this restaurant!

Flippers Pizzeria: Another great option for pizza lovers.

One Day in Orlando: Enjoy Your Day Trip!

There are lots of things to do in Orlando. You can spend an entire week exploring the city and still only explore a fraction of it all.

What will you be adding to your Orlando itinerary? Let us know which one of these Orlando attractions you’ll be visiting in the comments below!

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Nicole Mickle
I'm a real estate agent selling homes in Orlando, Florida. I've lived, worked, and played in Orlando my entire life. I'm here to help you find and design your dream home!